Great art almost feels like magic—it opens our minds to brand new ideas, and teaches us to see ourselves and our world more clearly. Of course, behind all great art, there are artists. And that’s where the real magic happens…
As we go beneath the art itself to explore how different artists do what they do, we see glimpses of the sorts of creativity, resilience, and bravery that lead to the art that moves our world. And maybe we can learn to borrow some of that magic for our very own thinking.
Join professional musician Emily Merrell for conversations with artists of all kinds. Together, we examine the mysteries of our own experiences, our muses and fears, our gifts and foibles, our beliefs about the origins of creativity, and the secret magic we’ve discovered in our unique creative processes.
Mediums include: studio art, graphic design, dance, cooking, illustration, creative writing, storytelling, comedy, music composition, music performance, film making, acting, production, fashion design, photography, and more.
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Ep. 141: Sonali Loomba
Kathak is one of the eight major forms of Indian classical dance. The origin of Kathak is traditionally attributed to the traveling bards in the of ancient northern India known as Kathakars or storytellers.The term Kathak is derived from the Vedic Sanskrit word Katha which means "story", and Kathakar which means "the one who tells a story". Wandering Kathakars communicated stories from the great epics and ancient mythology through dance, songs and music. Kathak dancers tell various stories through their hand movements and extensive footwork, their body movements and flexibility but most importantly through their facial expressions. Stylistically, the Kathak dance form emphasizes rhythmic foot movements, adorned with small bells (Ghungroo) and the movement harmonized to the music
Sonali Loomba, the Artistic Director of Kaladharaa Dance established this dance company in 2017 in Utah and Washington D.C along with her sibling Nidhika Loomba, which focuses on imparting the nuances of this ancient form to others in the community as a way of passing it down to generations and aims at preserving this ancient dance style, which traces its roots back to 400 BCE.
Sonali Loomba completed her post graduate in Human Resource Management from India and worked at a multinational company there for over 6 years before she decided to quite and completely dedicate her self to Kathak as full time performing artist. She started learning Kathak in 2006 under the guidance of Gurus (teachers) Hari and Chethana from Bangalore, India. She believes Indian Classical Dance is like an ocean which is limitless. The deeper you dive in the more beauty you see of the form. It can take up-to several years to call oneself a master of this art form. She visits India often to advance in her studies of Kathak under her Gurus.
Sonali has performed at multiple leading festivals in the states as well as international, Such as TEDx Salt Lake City, North American Festival of Colors- (Utah & LasVegas USA), Living Traditions – (Utah, USA), Hampi Utsav – India , Nritya Utsav – Orissa, India, to name a few. Sonali is also the recipient of several state art grants which are a driving force in her mission to spread the knowledge of this art form , beyond.
Sonali Loomba is currently serving as a board member of the Salt Lake Arts Council.
Kaladharaa Dance has trained several dance enthusiast and continues to do so. The school host’s a bi-monthly open house event which is in invitation to all community members to come and experience this art form in a classroom environment. The school’s social media pages on facebook and instagram are constantly updated with upcoming events, we would encourage you all to follow our page to stay connected and hopefully learn this art form. ‘
Facebook & Instagram : Kaladharaa Dance
HW Diaries Part 11: Are We Touching Yet?
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Ep. 140: Corvus Cazier
I was born in Boise. The youngest of 4 kids. Raised there until i was 11 and we moved to Kaysville Utah. I have two older brothers and one sister who passed away in 2020. As a young child we were not allowed to watch much television but our parents gave us plenty of books. My brother Ryan and I challenged each other although we fought endlessly we loved making things with our hands from a very early age. When i was 8 and he was 10 we took apart our mothers vacuum cleaner and turned it into a hovercraft on the back patio. Insatiably curious, no lock was was a barrier to us. We could crack our fathers safe from 10 years old. We both tested off the charts yet flunked out of school. Unfortunately schools are not set up to teach gifted kids. Incredibly ADHD and prone to mischief I was a pain in the ass to my parents. But i learned from them that you can make anything if you're determined. When I was 15 my grandmother gave me a deer hide that was shit by her father when he was 80 years old. That was the first piece of leather I worked and became a lifelong obsession. Around the same time I'd found the goth scene and the beautiful people in black leather spoke to my soul. Career wise I joined the service after highschool and spent a couple of years as airborne infantry and a combat engineer. After I got out I couldn't decide what to do but eventually went to culinary arts school and catered movie sets for a few years followed by running restaurants. 14 years ago I switched to electrical and have done that ever since. However in my heart my greatest dream has always been to create with leather. At the beginning of 2021 I decided to make a real go at my leatherwork and have been pushing forward with it ever since.
Ep. 139: Stephen Hatch
At the age of 19, the perfect acting job came along. It was a very strenuous audition process. After months of searching the producers of Trolls 2 could not pass up on Steve’s talents. No seriously, they could not pass him up. They tried....they really tried but well they needed someone with minimal acting abilities and who was under four feet tall.
Steve was offered the non-credited position to play one of the movie’s vital roles of a Goblin....ummm the movie rocked so much that it wasn’t even about Trolls!
The rest of Steve’s life was average at best...I mean he did some politics, he was a journalist. Basically, he always ended up eating his family’s highly sought after confections.
In 2003 Steve became one of the founding owners of “Hatch Family Chocolates” located in Salt Lake City.
In 2010 Steve and his business partner Katie were featured on TLC’s “The Little Chocolatiers”.
Steve has also been fortunate enough to act as an extra on such films as “The Lone Ranger” with Johnny Depp and “A Million Ways to Die in the West” directed by Seth MacFarlane.
You can listen to Steve on the podcast “Your Cre8tivity”, where he has been honored to serve as a co-host for the last several years. Mr. Hatch is currently working on his new venture a made for YouTube/Facebook talk show called, “Short & Sweet. Most nights Steve can be found eating chocolates and tormenting customers up in the Avenues at Hatch Family Chocolates.
Steve feels like he has the greatest job in the world where he gets to sample top-notch desserts all day long. Steve will always share that he is most proud of all the community and amazing friends who have made his shop the success it is.
Most nights Steve can be found eating chocolates and tormenting customers up in the Avenues at Hatch Family Chocolates.
Ep. 138: Kat Nix
Kat is a self-taught florist who cherishes finding magic in the mundane. Her floral business, Ritual in Bloom, centers rituals and intentionality in floral design. Each offering is meant to encourage clients to create/reconnect with rituals and ancestral knowledge by deepening their relationships with flowers. By drawing on her heritage, Kat creates experiences that connect people to the subtle wisdom flowers share with us and their ability to teach us about trust, connection, and presence.
Ep. 137: Robert Baldwin
Robert Baldwin is Director of Orchestras and Professor of Conducting at the University of Utah, and Music Director and Conductor for the Salt Lake Symphony. He is also the founding conductor for Sinfonia Salt Lake, a professional chamber orchestra that made its critically acclaimed debut in 2016. In 2019, he was appointed to an adjunct position at the Wuhan University Center for the Arts in Wuhan, China.
Dr. Baldwin has appeared across the North America, Europe and Asia as a conductor and performer on viola and viola d’amore. International conducting appearances include the Hunan Symphony and Wuhan University Orchestras in China, Busan Maru International Music Festival in South Korea, Eutin Festspiele in Germany, Kuopio Academy of Music in Finland, and the Hermitage Camerata in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and tours with the University of Utah Chamber Orchestra to London, Vienna, Graz and Salzburg. In demand as a guest conductor and clinician, he also has conducted performances with the Utah Arts Festival, Great Falls Symphony, Lafayette Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, Lexington Singers, Flagstaff Festival of the Arts, Tri-Collegiate Opera, and numerous All-State and regional festival orchestras across the U.S.A. His performances and ensembles have received international attention and have been featured on New York’s WQXR Classical Radio, and nationally broadcast radio programs, including Performance Today, Highway 89 and Weekend Edition.
Also an accomplished violist and viola d’amore player, he has had a variety of experiences, including guest appearances with the Amadeus Trio, and both the Saint Petersburg and Stanford String Quartets, as well as at the Sedona Chamber Music Festival, SMU Music Festival and Park City International Music Festival. He was violist of the Arizona-based Coconino Chamber Ensemble from 1989-1999, and was principal violist for the Flagstaff Symphony, Arkansas Symphony, and Arizona Opera. Solo and chamber appearances on viola and viola d’amore include recitals and concertos in the United States, Germany and Mexico. Alsways on the lookout for new experiences, he recently played a program or solo Bach and recited poetry inside the large cave for Timpanogos Cave National Monument’s Centennial Celebration.
Previously, he has held faculty and conducting positions at the University of Kentucky, Lexington Philharmonic, New American Symphony, Flagstaff Symphony and Northern Arizona University. Dr. Baldwin studied conducting in the United States and in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and holds degrees in viola performance from the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Iowa, and a DMA in orchestral conducting from the University of Arizona. He makes his home in Salt Lake City, Utah where, in his spare time, he enjoys reading, writing, hiking, and spending time with his family. In addition to published writings on music, he is a published poet as well, his poems appearing in recent issues of Poetry Quarterly, Utah Life, Grey Sparrow Journal, and Haiku Journal. Thirty, his first chapbook of poetry, was published in 2022.
Blog: His award-winning blog on music and creativity, Before the Downbeat, can be viewed at: http://beforethedownbeat.wordpress.com/
Through illuminating conversations with a wide array of creative artists, Emily does an excellent job of getting at the heart of what it means to make one's living as an artist. She explores the struggles and contradictions of the creative life but also the "big magic" (to use Elizabeth Gilbert's phrase) that makes it all worth it. Thank you, Emily!
Loved this episode- real, raw insight into the struggle/fine line between selling vs selling out, whatever brand of art - or ART - you may practice.
Getting real about art, creativity and careers
Emily does an excellent job pulling the curtain behind what it means and looks like to be artistic, specifically when your art is your career. Balancing sales, creativity, perception, income and time is difficult and we should talk about it. This podcast is perfect for artists who want to GET REAL ABOUT IT!